UK Power Networks Services has introduced the first electric vehicles (EVs) and charge points into its fleet at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airport depots, and EV charge points at its London City Airport depot.
The company, which operates and maintains the electricity networks at London’s airports, is trialling eight electric Renault Kangoo vans in its fleet, to be powered by on-site solar generation at six locations, to improve air quality for future generations.
Staff will use the EVs to carry out their work, which will improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions caused by ground transport in and around the airports. The will collect valuable data on the performance of the vehicles, identifying future opportunities to increase the number of EVs and gain a better understanding of the economic benefits.
UK Power Networks Services said it introduced EVs to its fleet following employee and client feedback. Russell Austin from the company’s Heathrow depot said: “It’s important to start using EVs around the airport to save money and reduce air pollution. As a substation inspector who drives around the airport, I’m proud to be able to say that I’m helping to reduce carbon emissions.”
Ian Smyth, director of UK Power Networks Services, added: “Our clients expect us to lead the way with fleet electrification. This trial will give us valuable data to support the deployment of electric vehicles into fleets of any size.”
The company will also use the insight from the trial to help airports and other fleet operators build their EV strategy and business case to deploy electric vehicles into their fleets.